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New AmeriCorps members join sanctuary

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ALPENA — Two new AmeriCorps members are settling into their positions at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where they will continue to connect with the community through educational outreach. Education Specialist Kellie Wasikowski and Education Coordinator Adam Ziani will ...

APS to begin spending Marshall Plan money

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ALPENA — Thanks to a $1.9 million Marshall Plan for Talent grant from the state, school districts within Alpena, Alcona, and Montmorency counties can purchase new equipment to help provide the best opportunity for students to prepare for careers after high school. On Monday, the Alpena ...

Runaway cow returned

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Courtesy Photo This photo, provided by Nancy Abram, shows a cow that ran away from Standard Provision on Monday. Alpena County Animal Control Officer Michelle Reid said the cow was safely found Wednesday morning. She said tips helped her find the cow near Barrington Drive near Thunder Bay ...

Alpena residents still digging out

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ALPENA — Meteorologist Tim Locker with the National Weather Service in Gaylord said a heavy snow storm tapered off around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning after dropping 7 inches of snow at Alpena County Regional Airport. During the storm, gusty winds caused blowing and drifting snow, resulting in ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Feb. 4-10 102 complains were handled Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 12 Medical: 23 Personal Protection Order Violation: 1 Warrant ...

A lesson on cyber safety

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Courtesy Photo Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper Ashley Simpson and Thunder Bay Junior High School Liason Deputy Christina Bednarski speak to Erin Andrews’ and Christin Sobeck’s health classes about cyber safety and cyber bullying on Monday.

Alcona Co. boosts sheriff’s tech

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HARRISVILLE — Being a small county in remote northern Michigan doesn’t mean being behind the times when it comes to technology, at least not for the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department. Alcona County, ranking 75th in the state with its 10,000-some residents, proudly bills itself as ...

Whitmer: State roads, education in crisis

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates ...

Father, son in court on hunting gear theft charges

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ROGERS CITY —A father and son were in court Tuesday in relation to recent hunting thefts in Presque Isle County. Christopher Marino, 51, was arraigned in 89th District Court on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property, consisting of a variety of hunting-related items that had ...

RC student attends State of the State

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Rogers City High School junior Caitlynn Shadbolt, 17, at far right, sits with state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, second from right, and other state officials while they discuss the budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday in the ...

Harrisville hires ‘go-getter’ for DPW

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HARRISVILLE — The City of Harrisville has hired a new employee for its Department of Public Works. The City Council voted unanimously to hire Logan Tompkins, of Killmaster, during its regular monthly meeting on Monday. The city will pay Tompkins $11 an hour, but is not offering any ...

Foundations seek public input on Great Lakes

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ALPENA — The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has partnered with shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the U.S. and Canada to create a regional plan of action on the long-term health of the Great Lakes, the foundation said in a news release. The regional ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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A roundup of recent activity from law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Alarms: 8 Animal Control: 7 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Kinser gets up to 40 years

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ATLANTA — A dozen residents sat quietly in the 26th Circuit Court courtroom in Atlanta on Monday as Judge Michael Mack sentenced Mark Kinser to 16 to 40 years in prison for the murder of his brother, Brian, in Mark’s home in Briley Township. Mark and Brian’s mother, Marsha, kneaded ...

Several organizations closing early because of weather

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Places closing early today because of the weather conditions: Alpena Community College closed at noon Alpena County Library at noon Northern Lights Arena at 1 p.m. The Michigan Works! Service Center in Onaway at noon Alpena Township offices at noon Meetings cancelled for tonight: The ...

This snow could be a good thing

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ALPENA — The snow the Alpena area has received over the last several weeks may be a nuisance for many people, but, later in the year, there could be some benefits from it. There are also a few possible drawbacks if the snow melts too quickly. As of Monday, Alpena is only an inch above ...

Winning photo

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz State Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, left, presents a flag which was flown over the state Capitol to Dave Elder, whose photo won a contest and will be used on the cover of the upcoming edition of the Alpena County directory. The public selected its favorite photo, ...

Harrisville ponders its pot options

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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that voters in the City of Harrisville voted narrowly in favor in the November election of legalizing recreational marijuana, 119 to 115. That information was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. HARRISVILLE — Harrisville ...

Uncovering a hidden problem

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By JULIE RIDDLE News Staff Writer ALPENA ­— A petite 17-year-old with earnest brown eyes told her story in a quiet voice. “I got pushed a couple of times,” she said, “in front of the whole class.” She’s not alone. One in three high school students report experiencing ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

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A roundup of recent activity by local school boards ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a $93,885 bid from Nova Environmental Inc. for a new asbestos management plan. The bid included district asbestos inspections, recommendations for management, and warning labels and ...